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Homage to the Mahatma

The Bhavan has designated the year 1998 as the Year of Non-violence to honor the memory of the apostle peace Mahatma Gandhi on the 50th anniversary of Mahatma's martyrdom (January 30, 1948 - January 30, 1998). Several events have been at its centers in India and abroad in of the Mahatma.

The Bhavan, USA organized a program of Bhajans, poetry reading and speeches on January 30, 1998 to mark the inauguration of the year-long observance of the 50th anniversary of Mahatma's martyrdom.

Dr. E.S. Reddy, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General and an authority on the apartheid movement in South Africa and author of several papers on Mahatma Gandhi, spoke on the Mahatma and the relevance of his message of non-violence in the modern world. He pointed out that the Mahatma's philosophy of non-violence was embraced by many people struggling for freedom around the world. Mr. Harsh K. Bhasin, Consul General of India also spoke on the occasion eulogizing the services of Mahatma in South Africa and his philosophy of truth, peaceful coexistence, etc. The audience was spellbound when he said that the President of South Africa Mr. Nelson Mandela told him that India gave Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to South Africa and the latter gave Mahatma Gandhi to India.

Several enchanting poems on India and Mahatma in different languages were recited by Mrs. Ranjana Kumar (poem - Lead Kindly Light by Cardinal Newman), Mr Amrit Inamdar (a poem by Rabindranath). Dr. Soma Vira (her Hindi poem on Mahatma), Mrs. Ambalika Misra (Hindi poem on Mahatma by Sohanlal Dwivedi), Mr. Ram Gadhavi (Gujarati poem on Mahatma by Kavi Dula Bhaya Kag) and V. Gayatri (Tamil poem in Mahatma by Subramania Bharati).

Thereafter, Mrs. Sanjukta Sen and her students and Mrs. Deepa Awal, Mrs. Kumkum Bhasin and Mrs. Ramakrishnan rendered soul-stirring bhajans which made the evening memorable. The program was planned by the Bhavan International conducted by Mr. Prakash Parekh.


Saturday, April 4, 1998; 8:30 p,m, at the Bhavan's Romanti Auditorium.

Violin - Sitar Jugalbandi

featuring the

Maestros Pandit V.G. Jog and Aloke Dasgupta
with Ashok Moitra on Tabla


A unique art of music, dance and theater of Kerala, South India

featuring the

Kalakeli Kathakali Troupe of Kerala led by Kalamandalam Sivarajan

Saturday, April 25, 1998; 6:00 p.m.at Katie Murphy Amphitheater, FIA, 7th Avenue at 27th Street, NYC.


Flute Recital
Maestro Shashank with B.U. Ganesh Prasad on Violin, Neyveli B. Venkatesh on Mridangam and S. Karthick on Ghatam

Friday, May 1, 1998; 6:30 p.m, at the Bhavan's Romanti Auditorium.



Jointly present
an amazing performance of

An ancient classical art of magnificence, divinity and lyrical delicacy
A prestigious 15-member troupe (6 female and 9 male artists) from Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal, Manipur, India
"The performance will include Raas Leela (mystic dances of Krishna, Radha and the Gopisl, Pung Cholom (dances with drums), Lai-haraoba - the dance to please Lord Shiva and a few colorful solo dances. "

(Fashion Institute of Technology at 7th Avenue, 27thStreet,NYC. Entrance on Seventh Avenue)

on SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1998; 5:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20 ($16 for Bhavan's members, students and seniors) For tickets,
call Bhavan (212) 989-8383


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Gopi Geet
A musical discourse of Gopi Geet (Gopika Geetam) from Srimad Bhagavat, canto 10, chapter 31


The universally acclaimed most revered Sent Sri Morari Bapu in Hindi
This is the first time when Sant Sri Morari Bapu will be presenting'Gopi Geet' outside India.

Saturday, June 27 to Sunday, July 5, 1998; 4 to 7 p,m, everyday at Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York.



A unique and magnificent
2-part Indian Classical Music Concert

featuring the outstanding and renowned vocalists of India


Accompanied by:
B.V.Raghavendra Rao on Violin
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan on Mridangam
S.V.Ramani on Ghatam
R.Raman on Muharsing
Nellai Krisnan on Tambura


Accompanied by:
Anuradha Sridhar on Violin
Sriram Brahmanandam on Mridangam
S.V.Ramani on Ghatam


Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC.

Friday, September 18, 1998; 7: p.m.

Tickets: VIP, $50, $35, $25, $18 ( $40, $30, $20, $15 for Bhavan's members, students and seniors)

For Tickets, call Box office at (212)875-5050 or Bhavan at (212)989-8383


2-Day seminar Seminar on BHAGAVAD GITA- Ch. II
dealing with Sthitha Pragya (a person of steady wisdom)
and Karma Yoga - Yoga of action
on Friday, October 2, 1998: 6:30 PM
and Saturday, October 3, 1998:
10:30 am to 12:30 PM and 2:30 to 5:00 PM
at the Bhavan's Romanti Auditorium
305 7th Ave. 17th FI, New York City

About Swami Parthasarathy
Swami Parthasarathy is the founder of Vedanta Academy near Lonavla.
Bombay. The Academy is dedicated to the promotion of the ancient systems
of Indian philosophy. He has devoted over 30 years to the study and
research in the field of Vedanta and its practical application to the present
day world Besides conducting series of lectures on Gita, Upanishads and
other scriptures, he also conducted seminars/workshops for professionals on
subjects such as "Reduce Stress Through Self·Management", "Increase
Producliviry Through Sell-Management" and "Value Systems for Positive
Living" based on Indian culture, philosophy and scriptures. An author of
"Vedanta Treatise" (a literary composition of the highest tenets of Indian
philosophy), "The Symbolism of Hindu Gods and Rituals" and a commentary
on the "Atmabodha" (knowledge of the Self). Swamiji will explain the
qualities of a person of steady wisdom and the yoga or action (Karma yoga)
as expounded by Lord Krishna.

For Information: Call Bhavan at (212) 989-8383


Write an Essay on Mahatma to win $ 1000

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"The Year of Non-Violence" Essay Competition

The Essay must consists of approximately 1,200 words and must be written in English. Participants must use the applicable category to determine the topic.

Category 1 (ages 12-16)
What role did Mahatma's philosophy of non-violence play in India's Independence?

Category II (ages 17-21)
Mahatma said " My Life is My Message"
In your opinion what did he mean by this statement?

Three winners will be selected from each category.
Cash prizes are as follows for both categories.

First Prize: $1000 -------Second Prize : $750 ----------Third Prize $500

All winners will be awarded with a round trip ticket to New York City
All qualified entries will receive a free T-shirt

Essay should be mailed to: :
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA,
305 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001


Essays must be received by Bhavan on or before September 1, 1998.
Participants must send the following with their essay:

Resume and photo

Social security number and proof of date of birth

A signed note saying that the essay is original and has been written by him/her for the competition. This letter should also state that he /she has no objection to the essay being published by the Bhavan, USA.

The essay will be evaluated by a panel of three judges and the winners will be announced by September 25, 1998 through media. The winners will be also be notified by telephone.

The prizes will be awarded to the winners during the conference on Mahatma Gandhi in New York in October 9, 1998.


51 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010. Toll Free 1-877-NYL-ASIA

The prizes will be awarded during " A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi" on October 8

CATAGORY II (ages 12-16)

What role did Mahatma's philosophy of non-violence play in India's Independence?

First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Gunjan Verma
Freehold, NJ

Pankhuree Dube
Lincoln, NE

Seetha Varma

Ananth Vasishta
Torrance, CA

CATEGORY II (ages 17-21)

In your opinion what did he mean by this statement?

First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Ashwini Jambhekar
Randolph, MA

Vijay Tharwani
Elmhurst, NY

Rita Uppal
Randolph, NJ


We recognize and applaud all the effort put forth by each participant. Each participant will be awarded with a Mahatma Gandhi T-shirt.


Consulate General of India
Bharatiya Vidya Bhaven, USA
cordially invite you to the program

at the New India House
3 East 64th Street, New YorkCity
on Thrusday, October 8, 1998: 6:00 PM

Salient features of the program:

Singing of Mahatma's favourite Bhajans (Devotional songs)

A talk by Shrimati Kamala, Director, Gandhi Memorial Center, Washinton, D.C.

Release of a book "Mahatma Gandhi: Letters to Americans" Compiled and Edited by Dr. E.S.Reddy

Prize Distribution to the winners in the Mahatma Gandhi Essay Compitition

RSVP, Regrets only (212)989-8383


A Two Day Conference on Ayurveda
Ancient Indian system of well-being

Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old Indian system of well-being, meaning the Science of Life, is perhaps the oldest continuously used health maintenance system in the world. Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages maintaining health by paying attention to balance one's life through thought, diet and lifestyle. It enables one to understand how to create balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one's own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.

The objectives of this conference are:

To provide a forum for discussion on and dissemination of knowledge about Ayurveda and the modern Life and Health sciences.

To interact with specialists of Ayurveda and Modern Medicine from India and North America.

To build bridges between Ayurveda and Life Sciences in clinical practice and health education.

To promote facilities for the representatives from Ayurveda and Health Industry in India and North America to discuss their services and Research and Development efforts.

This conference will create an awareness about Ayurveda, its use and methods in the context of health maintenance, as a bona fide and authentic alternative system of modern medicine. Although the use and practice of Ayurveda in North America has increased many-folds it is often perceived as some sort of folk medicine. Many are not aware that it is an organized system taught in more than 150 medical colleges in India, and that there are continuous peer reviews and research in this science. This conference will provide necessary platform for a better exchange of knowledge and experience of Ayurveda and its practices among the practitioners of modem medicine. At the same time, it will be exemplified in the conference that Ayurveda and modern medicine are complimentary to each other.

The conference will inter-alia deal with Ayurveda and its practices with regard to quality standards, safe motherhood, life styles, health and disease, pathogenesis and its reversal, diagnosis and therapy and tissue building and rejuvenation. A panel of experts will discuss Ayurveda in the 21st century.

The conference has the support of Ayurvedic practitioners and researchers, manufacturers and the Ministry of Health within the Government of India, as well as State Governments within India.

The conference is jointly sponsored with the Government of India Tourist Office, New York, Zandu Foundation for Health Care, Bombay, Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, Kerala and SPARC Bombay.


SATURDAY, OCT. 31. 1998 · 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00a.m.- 1:00p.m.


11:00 a.m -11:30a.m.

11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.


11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
12:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m. 12:35 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30p.m
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.- 4:50 p.m

4:50 p.m - 5:10 p.m.

5:10 p.m.-6:00p.m.















Registration, Coffee/Tea


Keynote speech by Rajavaidya Brihaspatidev Triguna
(Detailed program is being chalked out)


Co-chairs: Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Vikram Kamdar


Ayurveda and Life Sciences for Health in the 21st Century
Dr. Ashok B. Vaidya


Dhanvantari: the Founder of Ayurveda- Dr. S.I.Nagral
The Relevance of Sushruta's Contributions Today - Dr. S.K. Sharma
Discussion on Session I


"Ayurveda - Today and Tomorrow"
Co-chairs: Dr. S.K. Sharma and Dr. Pravin N. Bhatt
Ancient Insights and Modem Discoveries in Ayurveda and Modem Medicine.
-Dr. Rama A. Vaidya
Promoting Healthy Life-styles in Ayurveda (Swasthavritta)
-Vaidya Devendra Triguna
Safe Motherhood, Principles and Practices in Ayurveda
-Dr. Kumud Nagral

SESSION II (continues)

Health and Longevity: Birthright of Mankind
- Dr. Deepak Chopra (Via Satellite)
Priorities of the Indigenous Systems of Medicine for India and the World
- Dr. Shanta Shastri
Qualities and Usage of Herbs, Particularly Neem in Ayurveda
- Vaidya Suresh Chaturvedi
Discussion on Session II

SUNDAY. NOV. 1, 1998 · 9:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.


"Methods of Health Management in Ayurveda"
Cochairs: Mrs. Shanta Shashi and Vaidya Suresh Chaturvedi
Rasayana and Kayakalpa (Tissue Building Remedies and Rejuvenation) -Rajavaidya Brihaspatidev Triguna
Panchakarma (Five Purification Methods) in Ayurveda
- Dr. P.K. Warrier
Rasayana, Kayakalpa and Panchakarma in the context of the U.S.A
-Dr Pratima Raichur
Discussion on Session III


"Diagnosis and Therapy in Ayurveda - Effective Modalities"
Co-chairs: Vaidya Devendra Triguna and Dr. N.V.K. Varier
Acceptability and Efficacy of Ayurvedic Diagnosis in the U.S.A.
- Dr. Vasant Lad
Ayurvedic Approaches in Menopause - Dr. Basundhara Sharma


The Central Concept of Agni (Fire) Element for Health and Disease
- Dr. Narendra Bhatt
Quality and Standards of Ayurvedic Medicine - Dr. K.M. Parikh
"Rasayana as a Concept: Experimental and Clinical Studies on Tinospora cordifolin" - Prof. Shardini Dahunukar

Panel Discussion
- Dr. Ashok B. Vaidya and Dr. Kishor D. Shroff
Panelists: Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Pratima Raichur, Dr. S.K. Sharma, Dr. K.M. Parikh, Dr. Shanta Shastri and Vaidya Devendra Triguna
Summary and Future Directions - Dr. Pravin N. Bhatt and Dr. Ashok B. Vaidya

Information (brief) about the Guest Speakers

Dr. Narendra Bhatt: Ayurvedic Consultant, Bombay
Dr. Pravin N. Bhatt: Senior Research Scientist (Retired), Yale University, School of Medicine
Vaidya Sutpsh Chaturvedi: Well known Ayurvedic Physician, specialized in herbal plants such as neem
Dr. Shardini Dahunukar:
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, G.S. Medical College, Bombay
Dr. Vasant Lad: Director, Ayurvedic Institute, Albuqurque, New Mexico and specialized in pulse diagnosis.
Dr I.L. Nagral: Practicing General Surgeon; President, National Academy of Indian Medicine, Varanasi, Ayurvedic Director, SPARC, Bombay.
Dr. Kumud Nagral: Physician and Internist; Gynecologist and Obstetrician
Dr. K.M.Parikh: Chief of Zandu Pharmaceuticals, Bombay
Dr. Pratima Raichur: Founding Director of Tej Skin Care Clinic, New York; Ayurvedic physician specialized in the treatment of skin disorders.
Dr. Basundhara Sharma: Ayurvedic Gynecologist
Dr. S.K. Sharma: Advisor (Ayurveda) to the Government of India, Ministry of Health. also practicing surgeon having specialized in Ayurvedic surgery.
Mrs. Shanta Shastri: Secretary in the Government of India, Ministry of Health,Department of Indian Systems of Medicine.
Dr. Kishor D. Shroff: Charak Pharmaceuticals, Bombay
Rajavaidya Brihaspatidev Triguna: Intentionally renowned Ayurvedic Physician known for his skill of pulse diagnosis.
Vaidya Devendra Triguna: Honorary Ayurvedic Physician to the President of India.
Dr. Ashok B. Vaidya: Specialized in General Medicine and Therapeutics. Done extensive research work in Ayuruedic drugs and medicinal plants; Research Director in Swami Prakashananda Ayurveda Research Center (SPARC), Bombay.
Dr. Rama A. Vaidya: Reproductive Endocrinologist; Dean and Project Director, SFARC, Bombay
Dr. N.V.K. Varier: Editor, Arya Vaidya Sala Publications
Dr. P.K. Warrier: Chief Physician of Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, Kerala. Specialist in Ayurvedic Fanchakarma therapy.

Note: The program may be modified at the last minute due to travel delays or any other unavoidable reason.

Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1, 1998
10 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Venue : Heft Auditorium, Fashion Institute of Technology
7th Avenue at 27th Sheet ,New York City

$250 including lunches on both days and written materials ; $225 if registered on or before October 20, 1998
$150 for the Bhavan's members, seniors and students
The Fees should be paid by check payable to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

For registration kindly send the check to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (USA),Inc; 305 Seventh Avenue, 17th floor, New York, NY 10001 along with the following information: Name, Address, City, State & Zip code, Phone Number, e-mail address, number of persons attending the conference and total amount enclosed.

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